The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education
CASE programs provide professional development for preK-12 teachers and hands-on experiences for preK-12 classes
Raising the Bar for All: Promoting Student Learning in K-8 Science
Raising the Bar for All is a Massachusetts Mathematics and Science Partnership Program awarded to Randolph Public Schools in partnership with Braintree Public Schools, Bridgewater State University and Teachers21. The mission of MMSP is to promote Math and Science content knowledge for teachers of K-12 students. As part of the Raising the Bar for All program, BSU will offer three graduate level courses to K-8 teachers from Randolph and Braintree schools. The first course will be offered in the fall of 2016. Additional content courses in Geology and Chemistry will be offered in the spring and summer of 2017. Coursework may be transferable into the BSU Master of Arts in Teaching Program. For more information and to apply to the MAT program, please visit http://www.bridgew.edu/academics/graduate-studies/master-arts-teaching or contact the Physical Sciences and Physics MAT Coordinator, Ed Deveney at email@example.com.
Fall 2016 Course Offering
PHYS 560-GR1 Special Topics in Physical Science: Forces, Fields and Energy
Dates: Face-to-face course dates are September 14,21,28; October 5,12,19 26,29 (Sat.); November 2; December 7.
On-line course sessions require an additional 10 hours.
PLC dates for curriculum writing are TBD in November (24 required hours).
Times: Wednesdays, 4:00 – 7:00 PM and Saturdays, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Bridgewater State University, DMF Science and Mathematics Center
Cost: NONE. Teachers will earn 3 graduate credits from BSU and will be paid the district hourly rate for 24 hours of PLC meetings.
Course Description: This course will enable educators to effectively teach grades K-8 physics content outlined in the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Framework. Specific content topics will include force and motion, energy and waves. Mathematics instruction is integrated seamlessly throughout the entire course. Students will improve their content knowledge through the use of inquiry-based methods of instruction in a hands-on learning environment.
To register for this course, please submit your contact information via http://tinyurl.com/MMSP-2016. We will provide your contact information to the Registrar’s Office. Next, please visit http://www.bridgew.edu/account to follow the appropriate instructions. Additional details are available here.
Note: Priority enrollment is reserved for teachers from the MMSP grant member districts of Randolph and Braintree. If you are a K-8 teacher from another district, please submit your contact information via http://tinyurl.com/MMSP-2016, and we will be in touch should space be available.
STEM in Early Childhood Education: From Theory to Practice
When: Summer 2016
Where: Bridgewater State University (Cape Cod) – Heritage Museums and Gardens
Time: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM — 3:00PM
The Early Childhood STEM Institute, in collaboration with Bridgewater State University CAPE COD and Heritage Museums and Gardens, is offering a one-week long course “STEM in Early Childhood Education: From Theory to Practice”. The course will increase confidence and attitudes toward teaching STEM in early childhood education, by providing the students with an understanding of best practices. Students will explore and reflect on a model STEM curriculum, understand and demonstrate qualities of an intentional STEM-Focused lessons and curriculum, and plan an integrated STEM lesson creating intentional standards-based activities.
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Tuition and Fees: Non-Credit Registration: (2.5 CEUs or 45 PDPs) $500
BSU Non-Matriculated Undergraduate Credit Registration: (ECED 225: 3 credits) $860
BSU Non-Matriculated Graduate Credit Registration: (ECED 525: 3 credits) $860
Already a BSU Student? Register online via InfoBear!
For more information about the course, please contact Melissa Russell, Preschool Director of the Hundred Acre School and Course Instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-888-3300 x165.
For more information about registering for non-matriculated college credit, please visit: http://microsites.bridgew.edu/ccs/summer-session
For any other questions, please contact Dr. Jo Hoffman email@example.com
Teaching Infectious Disease - A Course for Pre-service Teachers
When: Fall 2016
Where: Bridgewater State University
Time: Thursdays 4:00 - 6:40 PM
The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University, in Collaboration with the Center for Translational Science Education (CTSE) at Tufts University School of Medicine, is offering a new course, entitled BIO 495: Topics in Physiology – Teaching Infectious Disease. The course provides students with the background to teach about Infectious Disease (ID) at the high school level using The Great Diseases curriculum, developed in partnership with Boston teachers and Tufts Medical School scientists. Participants will investigate life-relevant scientific questions using authentic scientific practices to explore host-microbe interactions and challenges of identifying and treating ID. Participants will consider a variety of inquiry-based approaches to teach about ID and will learn to modify lessons for their classroom.
Registration: Undergraduate enrollment is limited to students in the B.S. Biology Secondary Education concentration or B.A. Biology and Elementary Education dual majors. Prerequisite: BIOL 200 with a minimum grade of "C-" AND consent of department chair.
Tuition and Fees Incentive: Tuition and fees for this course are offset by a grant from the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award Program. For full-time undergraduate students, the grant will pay for additional fees resulting from Bridgewater State University's Evening Charge Policy. Tuition and fees for part-time undergraduates are reduced to $325.
Teaching Infectious Disease - A Course for In-service Teachers
When: Fall 2016
Where: Bridgewater State University
Time: Thursdays 4:00 - 6:40 PM
The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University, in Collaboration with the Center for Translational Science Education (CTSE) at Tufts University School of Medicine, is offering a new course, entitled BIO 514: Advances in Biomedical Biology – Teaching Infectious Disease. The course provides in-service teachers with the background to teach about Infectious Disease (ID) at the high school level using The Great Diseases curriculum, developed in partnership with Boston teachers and Tufts Medical School scientists. Participants will investigate life-relevant scientific questions using authentic scientific practices to explore host-microbe interactions and challenges of identifying and treating ID. Participants will consider a variety of inquiry-based approaches to teach about ID and will learn to modify lessons for their classroom.
Registration: Enrollment is limited to Graduate Students. To register, please click here
Tuition and Fees Incentive: Tuition and fees for this course are offset by a grant from the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award Program. Tuition and fees for this course are reduced to $325.
CASE Conference 2016
Registration Now Closed
When: February 25, 2016 (snow date: March 3, 2016)
Where: Bridgewater State University, Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center
Time: 3:00 - 9:00 PM (registration begins at 3:00 PM)
Cost: $30 (includes plenary, keynote address, 2 workshop sessions and buffet dinner)
Professional Development: Up to 10 PD hours available
Discover the Microbes Within
Professional development for teachers (pre-service, in-service or recent graduates) who have interest, enthusiasm and a commitment to science education.
Date: April 2/3 and 9/10, 2016
Location: Bridgewater State University, Dana Mohler-Faria Science & Mathematics Center
In partnership with Bridgewater State University, the Marine Biological Laboratory will offer a professional development workshop for both in-service and pre-service teachers. This workshop is designed to bring real-world scientific research into high school biology classes through inquiry, discovery and biotechnology. Any teacher (pre-service, in-service or recent graduate) who has interest, enthusiasm and a commitment to science education can participate in Discover the Microbes Within. We encourage teachers to apply who will network with their colleagues and help spread this project within their own schools and beyond. We welcome teachers in any stage of their careers. The instructors are willing to help teachers at all levels of ability. However, please be aware that the program is very science intensive and so a willingness to learn new terms, techniques and material in a fast pace is key. Twenty-four selected participants will attend the workshop. All candidates must submit a completed application. by March 4, 2016
Fee: This course may be taken for graduate or undergraduate credit. Grant funding is available to partially offset the cost of tuition and fees. In-service teachers taking the course for graduate-credit will receive a $300 discount on tuition and fees. Undergraduate pre-service teachers will receive up to $500 towards any additional cost resulting from Bridgewater State University’s Evening Charge Policy. Please contact Dr. Jenna Mendell at Jennifer.Mendell@bridgew.edu for more information and instructions on how to register. There is no fee to participate if taking the course for professional development points. Lodging, meals and all education materials will be covered. Participants should secure their own funding for travel.
Inspiring Students and Enriching Your STEM Curricula: The Wonderful World of Inno-vation Inspired by Nature
Professional Development for teachers of any subject from grades 4-12.
Date: This workshop has been canceled
Every now and then, an idea comes along which holds great promise for improving student learning - project-based education, self-paced study, guided discovery and now biomimicry. Biomimicry, also known as bio-inspired design or biomimetics, is the innovation strategy of improving human technologies by abstracting good design from Nature. Energy-efficient buildings based on the structure and function of termite mounds, land mine detectors inspired by tumbleweeds, electronic circuits that dissolve in water, and plastics built from atmospheric carbon (similar to how trees grow) are just a small sample of the biomimetic technologies that scientists, engineers, chemists, and architects are developing today. Indeed, biomimicry is one of the most imaginative and fastest growing drivers of new technologies and economic growth in modern times, full of exciting, real-world applications that draw from the genius of Nature's designs to improve our human-built world in astonishing ways.
Biomimicry also provides a fascinating as well as optimistic context for teachers to explore many different STEM subjects with their students: general science, chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, math, and more (even the arts, e.g., through scientific illustration). In order to help integrate the fascinating world of biomimicry into your classrooms, the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education and Biomimicry New England are excited to announce Inspiring Students and Enriching Your STEM Curricula: The Wonderful World of Innovation Inspired by Nature, an intensive teacher workshop. The workshop will be taught by Sam Stier, Director of the Center for Learning with Nature. We encourage teachers of any subject from grades 4-12 to apply.
Fee: $30 (includes dinner)
Financial/Refund Policies: Full payment is due at the time of registration. A full refund will be issued if written cancellation is received by March 11, 2016. After that, no refunds of payments will be issued. For further information, please contact Maura Whittemore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508.531.2575.
Other Professional Development Opportunities for preK-12 teachers
Additional Professional Development opportunites are available through CityLab, Watershed Access Lab, Mathematics and Computer Science Collaborative and Games Teachers Play programs. For more information on professional development offered through CASE, please click here.
Class visits to BSU:
Middle and high school students can experience hands-on inquiry based science during class visits to CASE’s outreach laboratories. Hands-on activities include: Crucial Concentration, Mystery of the Crooked Cell, Lab Larceny and Does this Parking Lot Look Green to You? For more information and to schedule a visit for your middle or high school class, please visit CityLab and Watershed Access Lab websites.
K-12 teachers may also schedule visits to BSU’s Observatory for private viewing events and the following workshops: Impact Cratering, Spectroscopy, Moons in Motion, Scale of the Solar System, and What’s in the Sky? For more information and to schedule a visit for your K-12 class, please visit the Observatory website.
EarthView visits to your school:
BSU's EarthView program uses a 20-foot inflatable globe to teach K-12 students world geography. For more information on having the EarthView program come to your school, please call Maura Whittemore at 508.531.2575 or email: email@example.com.